You know that it’s the off season in Woods Hole by the number of parking spaces readily available, even on a Saturday night, and by the sign on the meter noting free parking. The lingering warmth of an unseasonable day over very cold water had the village locked in by fog. A little spooky; a little magical. Our goal was dinner at Quicks Hole Tavern.
Quicks Hole Tavern was busy, even on a February night. Deservedly so. The food is simply amazing. I know why we choose other restaurants in the summer when avoiding the crowds becomes a top priority, but Quicks Hole Tavern is open all year. Last night was a definite reminder that it should be high on the list of out to dinner options.
The atmosphere was fun and lively and the service was great. I opted for a fried oyster appetizer with a spicy glaze and a roasted beet salad. I could wax poetic about both items. The four oysters were beautifully presented on individual shells and nestled into a memorable sweet, spicy sauce. The beet salad included arugula, hazelnuts and aged gouda lightly dressed in a perfect vinaigrette.
The Big Guy was equally happy with his house salad and braised lamb shank. His meal also included rapini, a parsnip puree, and roasted pears. The meat was almost meltingly tender.
What constitutes a good restaurant? A place you want to return to again and again?Atmosphere, location, service are all important and Quicks Hole Tavern has it all. But what really stands out for me is the food. Everything was meticulously fresh and creatively presented. We’ll be back at our first opportunity!